Report Alleges Justin Roiland, Ousted ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator, Leveraged Fame to Attract Young Fans

A Disturbing Spotlight on Justin Roiland

The animation world has been rife with shockwaves as fresh allegations arise against Justin Roiland, the voice behind the famous characters of the ‘Rick and Morty’ series. Previously ousted from the show, recent revelations suggest the co-creator had inappropriate engagements with young fans, with some even being underage.

Recent Discoveries from NBC News

Recent investigations by NBC News have brought to light text exchanges between Roiland and 11 women and nonbinary individuals spanning from 2013 to 2022. These interactions, which took place on dating apps and social media, showcase Roiland’s questionable behavior towards these fans. Terms of endearment such as “hot” were frequently used, and in certain instances, he was curious about their age and expressed interest in meeting them. Some of these interactions took a dark turn, escalating to a more explicit nature.

NBC News reported one particular incident where a 20-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by Roiland after a Tinder date. In a separate case, another 20-year-old woman accused him of taking advantage of her in an inebriated state. Out of the interviewed women, three mentioned that they were below 16 when Roiland, who is currently 43, reached out to them.

Denying these claims, Roiland’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, labeled the accusations as “false and defamatory.”

Dan Harmon’s Silent Stance

While Roiland is currently under the magnifying glass, Dan Harmon, the other half of the ‘Rick and Morty‘ co-creation team, remains tight-lipped. Harmon himself faced allegations related to sexual misconduct during his time with the NBC comedy ‘Community’. Although he later issued an apology for his actions, Harmon hasn’t released any statements regarding the accusations against his colleague, Roiland.

The Previous Stumble: Roiland’s 2020 Charges

Roiland’s recent scrutiny isn’t the first. In 2020, he faced charges of felony domestic battery and false imprisonment due to an incident with an anonymous woman he dated. The details remained under wraps until January 2023. Despite his “not guilty” plea, the prosecutors, after assessing the evidence at hand, dropped the charges in March.

The Show Must Go On: Adult Swim’s Decision

In the wake of domestic abuse allegations earlier this year, Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim severed ties with Roiland. Many speculated the potential end of the ‘Rick and Morty’ series. However, the network chose resilience, announcing that the show would proceed with fresh voice actors to bring Rick and Morty to life in the anticipated seventh season. It’s noteworthy that during Roiland’s exit, the series hadn’t even reached the midpoint of its 70-episode extension from Adult Swim, an agreement made back in 2018. Fans are eagerly awaiting the seventh season, set to launch next month.

Amidst the shadows of controversy, the animation world awaits how these revelations will affect the legacy of ‘Rick and Morty’ and Roiland’s career trajectory. The looming question remains: How will the industry and its fans react in the face of these unsettling revelations?